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If You Celebrate A Little Too Much Today, SoberRide Program Can Get You Home

The Washington Regional Alcohol Program says you do not have to drink and drive tonight because it will arrange a ride home for you.

The SoberRide program is back. After connecting party-goers to close to 300 free cab rides last 4th of July, the head of the Washington Regional Alcohol Program Kurt Erickson is expecting higher demand this year because the holiday is on a Friday.

"This is a means of combating the time of year when nearly half of all traffic fatalities are alcohol-related," he says.

Erickson adds that there is simply no need to try to get away with drinking and driving — getting caught will cost you.

"There have been studies that look at the economic impact of a first-time DUI conviction, specifically in this part of the country, and they estimate that a first time DUI will cost anywhere between $5,000 and $20,000 by the time to pay fines, bail, and court costs," he says.

From 10 o'clock tonight to 4 a.m Saturday, you can call 800-200-TAXI for a sober ride home.

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Is It All Greek To You? Thank Medieval Monks, And The Bard, For The Phrase

Ben Zimmer, language columnist at The Wall Street Journal, explains the origin of the phrase "it's all Greek to me" — and shares a few variants from other languages.
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Do Try This At Home: 3 Korean Banchan (Side Dishes) In One Pot

If you've ever eaten at a Korean restaurant, you're used to the endless side dishes that come out with the meal. They're called banchan, and they're remarkably simple to make for yourself.
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Cutting Local Taxes in The District

The D.C. Council has taken steps to accelerate tax cuts for all income earners. They're part of a broader overhaul of the city's tax levels, but some council members argued there wasn't enough time for a rigorous debate about the new schedule. We explore the debate over cutting taxes for D.C. residents and how it affects the city's ability to pay for critical local services.

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Reddit CEO Says Miscommunication Led To Blackout Protest

A user revolt briefly shut down the social site last week after a key employee was dismissed. Interim CEO Ellen Pao says the company has "apologized for not communicating better" with site moderators.

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